Solid colors for each section, nurses, pcas, housekeeping have been found to be meaningless at our hospital. Patients have no idea about the color scheme so they still don't understand who is who.
We are allowed to wear whatever we want. I wear jeweltones, burgandy, black, teal, grape, solid color pants with coordinating "adult" prints. I am totally against Spongebob prints and that sort of thing, they look foolish in my opinion.
Wearing all white makes me look much less professional. By the end of the day there is betadine, liquid medicines, hand lotion, blood, sodapop, God only knows what else all over my whites and I look like a bag lady.
I have extremely long hair but keep it in a braid or bun at all times at work. I wear the same jewelry at work or home, simple earrings, three rings, watch, cross around neck, all simple and tasteful.
What gets me are the fake fingernails as long as your arm. I tried to grow mine out once, and once they got long enough to look like you might could wear polish on them, they poked the patients, I caught them on stuff. How people wear inch long nails and get any work done is beyond me. And the managers who try to uphold the official policy, crabbing at nursing staff with long nails while they have some twice as long.